The 2018 Run to Read, organized by The Missourian and the Four Rivers Family YMCA, will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning and ending at Washington Public Library, 410 Lafayette St., in Downtown Washington.
This year’s featured book is “Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon” by Annette Bay Pimentel, who will give a presentation on the book following the run.
Course options include a 5K (3.1 miles) run and a 1-mile story stroll, which allows walkers to read pages from “Girl Running” before hearing Pimentel speak. Children 5 and under may register for the Baby Buzz Dash — a sprint to the finish for the youngest participants.
Runners will take off at 8 a.m., followed by walkers at 8:05 a.m. The Baby Buzz Dash will begin at 8:45 a.m.
Members of the Washington High School cross country team will man the 5K race route, as they have done for several years; and members of the Washington Middle School Student Council will volunteer for the 1-mile story stroll, holding up enlarged pages of the story for people to read along the route.
Pimentel’s presentation will be held at 9 a.m. in the meeting room at the library, followed by awards to the top runners. Anyone is invited to hear her speak and copies of her book will be available for sale at the event.
There will be awards for overall winners, first-place finishers in each age division and medals to all students who finish the 5K and Baby Buzz Dash.
Bee trophies will be awarded to the overall 5K winners — youth, teen and adult, in both female and male categories.
In commemoration of Gibb’s efforts to give women new opportunities, Kitchell said this year’s event will offer a few more fun additions, including a special award for participation from local Girls on the Run groups and a unique T-shirt design.
As always, everyone who participates in the Run to Read will be given a free book.
In gratitude for all that teachers do to promote reading, there is no cost for an educator to register. Additionally, bee trophies are awarded to the first male and female educator across the 5K finish line — and a bee goes home with the school with the greatest participation.
To register for Run to Read, people can go to gwrymca.org or stop by Four Rivers Area Family YMCA, 400 Grand Ave., or Neighborhood Reads bookstore in Washington for registration forms. All participants who register by Saturday, Sept. 29, will receive a free T-shirt.
The cost is $13 to register to participate, with $1 of each registration being donated to the 26.2 Foundation to help fund a statue of Gibb in the town of Hopkinton, Mass., which is where the Boston Marathon starts each year. Gibb, who is a sculptor, will create the statue herself.
There already are many statues of male marathon runners or officials in Hopkinton, but none of women. Fittingly, this will be the first.